Awards and Recognition

CSU earns first-ever STARS Platinum rating for sustainability

March 23, 2015

CSU has become the first and only campus to achieve platinum status – the highest possible – under the STARS rating system, an independent program that measures comprehensive sustainability efforts at more than 700 universities across the globe.

“This STARS rating reaffirms that CSU is a national leader in building a sustainable, environmentally responsible campus community,” President Tony Frank said. “That commitment to sustainability is woven through Colorado State’s academics, research, student engagement, operations, planning, and administration by the conscious efforts of our students, faculty and staff. There is no one office in charge of sustainability at Colorado State – it’s a collective effort of the entire community, and we’ve made progress because of the vision, hard work and tireless dedication of many, many people.”

STARS stands for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, and it is a program conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. It is considered the most comprehensive and prestigious sustainability performance measurement program in higher education.

CSU among top five in Sierra magazine’s Coolest Schools green ranking, top for academics

Aug. 17 , 2015

Colorado State University climbed to No. 4 in Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools recently released ranking of the greenest colleges and universities in the U.S. The Cool Schools ranking is among the most watched sustainability rankings in higher education.

The ranking recognizes the university’s commitment to sustainability, which encompasses academics, research, operations, and engagement. Colorado State earned top honors in the Cool Schools rankings for its academics.

CSU named to Green Ribbon Schools program

April 2015

The U.S. Department of Education in April 2015 honored CSU with one of its new Postsecondary Sustainability Awards through its Green Ribbons Schools program, which recognizes both public and private education institutions for “their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.”

CSU was one of nine colleges and universities honored by the Department of Education with a Postsecondary Sustainability Award, a new recognition for 2015. Until 2015, only K-12 schools received federal Green Ribbon designation. CSU was nominated for the federal recognition by the Colorado Department of Education.

The Princeton Review includes CSU among “Top 50 Green Colleges”

April 2015

In April 2015, The Princeton Review ranked CSU 12th overall on its Top 50 Green Colleges List and fifth among public research universities in the country. The Princeton Review used data from STARS as well as student surveys and institutions’ responses to questions about topics like the amount of local/organic food purchased, sustainable transportation practices, recent LEED-certified construction and waste-diversion rates to establish its Top 50 list.

First Colorado State buildings to earn LEED Platinum

June 2015

One of the newest facilities on campus, the Pavilion at Laurel Village, achieved an LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — a first for CSU.